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Spring 2024

The Ministry of Time
by Kaliane Bradley

352 pages
Published May 7, 2024 by Simon & Schuster

Chosen as a Good Morning America book club pick, May 2024

“For a book that could also be easily described as witty, sexy escapist fiction, The Ministry of Time packs a substantial punch … Kaliane Bradley proves that it’s possible to address imperialism, the scourge of bureaucracy, cross-cultural conflict and the paranoia inherent in a surveillance state through her utterly entertaining novel … An edgy, playful and provocative book that’s likely to be the most thought-provoking romance novel of the summer.”
Lauren LeBlanc, Los Angeles Times review

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“Everything that has ever been could have been prevented, and none of it was. The only thing you can mend is the future.”
― Kaliane Bradley, The Ministry of Time

Brief Synopsis

(from Trails End Bookstore)

In the near future, a civil servant is offered the salary of her dreams and is, shortly afterward, told what project she’ll be working on. A recently established government ministry is gathering “expats” from across history to establish whether time travel is feasible—for the body, but also for the fabric of space-time.

She is tasked with working as a “bridge”: living with, assisting, and monitoring the expat known as “1847” or Commander Graham Gore. As far as history is concerned, Commander Gore died on Sir John Franklin’s doomed 1845 expedition to the Arctic, so he’s a little disoriented to be living with an unmarried woman who regularly shows her calves, surrounded by outlandish concepts such as “washing machines,” “Spotify,” and “the collapse of the British Empire.” But with an appetite for discovery, a seven-a-day cigarette habit, and the support of a charming and chaotic cast of fellow expats, he soon adjusts.

Over the next year, what the bridge initially thought would be, at best, a horrifically uncomfortable roommate dynamic, evolves into something much deeper. By the time the true shape of the Ministry’s project comes to light, the bridge has fallen haphazardly, fervently in love, with consequences she never could have imagined. Forced to confront the choices that brought them together, the bridge must finally reckon with how—and whether she believes—what she does next can change the future.

An exquisitely original and feverishly fun fusion of genres and ideas, The Ministry of Time asks: What does it mean to defy history, when history is living in your house? Kaliane Bradley’s answer is a blazing, unforgettable testament to what we owe each other in a changing world.

Information About the Author

Photo by Robin Christian

(from Simon & Schuster)

Kaliane Bradley is a British-Cambodian writer and editor based in London. Her short fiction has appeared in Somesuch Stories, The Willowherb Review, Electric Literature, Catapult, and Extra Teeth, among others. She was the winner of the 2022 Harper’s Bazaar Short Story Prize and the 2022 V.S. Pritchett Short Story Prize.

How do you pronounce the author’s name . . . Kaliane Bradley?
Kaliane = Cull-yan (which means “darling” in Cambodian)

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